Wrap-up

May 2019 Wrap-Up + State of the ARC

This month, I tried a thing where moodreading dictated almost every book I read. It was incredibly fun, and also I don’t think I’ll ever do it again. Okay, I probably will, but ironically, letting my mood decide what I read got really stressful sometimes – mostly when after 30 pages I was suddenly in the mood for another book, and ended up with 10-11 currently reading ones… So, yes. Moodreading is fun, but set TBRs to narrow down what you’re reading can be really useful too.

Next month is re-reading, which is another thing I rarely do, but there’s actually some books I’ve been meaning to re-read. Some of them are quite long, and I’ll be doing a summer university thing for half of June, so I’m not sure how much I’ll actually get to, but still.

EMOJI STATISTICS

๐ŸŒย Around the Year in 52 Books:ย 5ย (total: 22/52)
๐Ÿฌย Popsugar Reading Challenge: 4ย (total: 36/50)
๐Ÿงšย Cornerfolds Retelling Challenge: 1 (total: 11/25)
๐ŸฎYear of the Asian Challenge: 3 (total: 8)

Moody May: 21

๐ŸฆŠย Total: 28

Yearly stats here.

All books read here.

STATE OF THE ARC

State of the ARCย is a monthly meme at Avalinahโ€™s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCsย (Advanced or Early Reader Copies).

State of the ARC has a Goodreads groups ARCs Anonymous.ย Join itย here.

๐Ÿฆ„ย Review copies read:ย 2

๐Ÿ‡Review copies remaining: 10

I guess it’s kind of telling that in the month where I decided to practice moodreading, I ended up reading almost no ARCs. There are a couple on my list that I’m excited for, but the truth is that I’m really not feeling most of the ones I have at the moment.

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June is going to be busy, but since I’m literally only missing one book to complete this, I’m hoping I’ll be able to pull it off before we enter the second half of the year.

POSTS ON THE BLOG THIS MONTH

READING HIGHLIGHTS

๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย LGBTQAI+ representation
๐Ÿ’ย POC/Indigenous representation
๐ŸŒฑย Disabled or Mental Health representation
โœก๏ธย Jewish representation

Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep, #1)๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒฑย Into the Drowning Deep & Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant: Wow. So, I read over 20 books/short stories by Seanan McGuire (otherwise known as Mira Grant) this year, and every single one of them was amazing, but Into the Drowning Deep is really one of my favourites. It’s wonderfully creepy and the mermaid lore is so good, and it actually makes me want to read more horror. Note: some marginalised characters die, since this is horror, but the cast is very diverse and several of them stay alive, so I don’t think this counts as a “bury your X” trope. (adult horror/fantasy with killer mermaids, ensemble cast, multiple LGBT, POC and disabled characters) REVIEW HERE

๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒฑย I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver: This was one of my most anticipated releases for the year – a YA romance with a nonbinary teen! In the end, it didn’t make it to my favourites list and there was at least one scene that made me really uncomfortable, but it still got a solid 4.5 stars from me. (YA, nonbinary/bisexual contemporary romance, POC love interest, anxiety rep) REVIEW HERE

๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’ย Deadline by Stephanie Ahn: Bless snarky amateur detectives with magical abilities. Extra points if they are queer. This is a relatively short book, but I really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to the sequel, which is available for pre-order I think. (new? adult urban fantasy, Korean American lesbian protagonist, BDSM)

๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’ย The Brightest Fell & Night and Silence by Seanan McGuire: Just in case I haven’t screamed enough about the October Daye series yet, here they are again. I am actually caught up now, so I am unlikely to be screaming more about them until the new book in September. I’m linking to the first book in the series, because even the blurbs are spoilery for the later ones. These last two books were super intense: book 11 broke my heart into a thousand pieces, then book 12 put them back together again, so I am really, really glad it wasn’t the other way around. (adult urban fantasy with faeries, multiple prominent LGBT and POC characters, even if Tybalt’s sexuality is STILL only mentioned in a prequel goddamnit. but there are others who are clearly bi/gay/lesbian/trans.)

Circus Girl, The Hunter, and Mirror BoyCircus Girl, The Hunter, and Mirror Boy by J.Y. Yang: This is a short story that I can’t say much about without really spoiling it, but it’s kind of creepy and it has ghosts and spirits and mirrors and everything.

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud: I re-read the Bartimaeus trilogy and then read this by the same author, and I loved all of them. This is a young adult mystery and I’m looking forward to reading more in the series eventually. (young adult fantasy/mystery/horror)

The Last of the De Mullins by St. John Hankin: Yes, this is another one of my readings for the New Woman class that I did this semester, but I really liked this one. (a drama set and written in the early 1900s about an independent woman and her family’s reactions)

๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’ย Nonbinary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity edited by Micah Rajunov and Scott Duane: This nonfiction book is a collection of memoirs by a diverse group of nonbinary people and their experiences. (adult nonfiction, LGBTQAI+)

๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย The Queen of Rhodia by Effie Calvin: Remember when I kept squeeing about The Queen of Ieflaria last year? Well, this is a sequel to that, and it was just as amazing. Pansexual princesses, F/F ship, talking dragons, and other awesomeness! (young adult fantasy)

NEW BOOKS THIS MONTH

Review copies

 

(These are actually the only two books on my current ARC list that I am excited for. All the older ones are meh. Help?)

Bought

 

(Somebody take financial decisions away from me. I have spent WAY TOO MUCH on books this year. In my defense, I already read three of these, and the other two were under 2 dollars each. Also, just LOOK at that Queen of Rhodia cover!)

VIDEOGAME UPDATE

You know how The Sims 4 was available for free download for about a week? Yeah. I downloaded it and then played it an embarrassing number of hours instead of studying for my exams. Go me! In my defense, it has customizable gender options where you can very easily make trans sims, so naturally I went and made a family full of them.

Then, of course that wasn’t enough, so I went and made October Daye and her entire family in The Sims 4 as well. Oops?

 

~ Alexa

Wrap-up

March 2019 Wrap-Up + State of the ARC

EMOJI STATISTICS

๐ŸŒย Around the Year in 52 Books:ย 4
๐Ÿฌย Popsugar Reading Challenge: 4
๐Ÿงšย Cornerfolds Retelling Challenge: 0
๐ŸฎYear of the Asian Challenge: 2

๐Ÿ’€Monstrous March: 3
๐ŸŽถ#HamilThon: 14

๐ŸฆŠย Total: 22

Challenge progress here.

All books read here.

STATE OF THE ARC

State of the ARCย is a monthly meme at Avalinahโ€™s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCsย (Advanced or Early Reader Copies).

State of the ARC has a Goodreads groups ARCs Anonymous.ย Join itย here.

๐Ÿฆ„ย Review copies read: 6

๐Ÿ‡Review copies remaining: 15

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As you can see, I finished my first bingo sheet in three months, and since there’s still another three months left, I started working on another one!

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I also finished every prompt for #Hamilthon… except one. I guess you can say I’ll never be satisfied, huh? I tried to finish Crooked Kingdom in the last minute, but I don’t want to force myself through 400 pages in one day if it doesn’t come naturally.

POSTS ON THE BLOG THIS MONTH

READING HIGHLIGHTS

๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย LGBTQAI+ representation
๐Ÿ’ย POC/Indigenous representation
๐ŸŒฑย Disabled or Mental Health representation

(๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ) The October Daye series by Seanan McGuire: (Urban Fantasy) This month, I got impatient and read 4 main books in the October Daye series (#3-6), as well as two short stories. It’s like this series gets better with every book – but it also doesn’t pull punches when it comes to angst. The main character isn’t LGBT, but there are multiple sapphic side characters (and also a bisexual guy, although as of book 6 this has only been mentioned in a prequel short.)

๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe:(Nonfiction, Memoir, Graphic Novel)ย This graphic novel memoir of a biromantic asexual genderqueer person was one of the best things I’ve ever read. Seriously. The art is beautiful, the experiences are relatable and honest, and it was eerily close to my own experience despite having so many differences. This would have helped teen-me so much. (review queued)

Red, White & Royal Blue๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston: (New Adult, Romance) A New Adult romantic comedy between the bisexual, biracial son of the first female President of the United States, and the gay grandson of the Queen of England. I absolutely loved this book – it was funny, diverse, and also called out/paid attention to real world issues that are often ignored in political/royalty romances. (review queued)

A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell:ย (Short Story, Classics) I read this short story about two wives investigating a murder mystery for class, and it was so hauntingly well-written.

๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers:ย (Sci-Fi) This is the standalone sequel to The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, and I actually liked it even more than the first one. It had less main characters to concentrate on, and two dual storylines that both involved AIs.

๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ ๐ŸŒฑย Write Good Sh*t by RoAnna Sylver:ย (Nonfiction) This is a book by RoAnna that offers writing advice, both in general, and specifically on writing marginalised characters / writing as a marginalised writer. Just as RoAnna’s other works, it’s funny, relatable, and comforting, while also being honest about hardships.

NEW BOOKS THIS MONTH

Review copies

 

Bought

 

On the one hand, I was REALLY good and only bought one book this month (Once & Future is a pre-order). On the other hand, I was REALLY bad at not requesting more review copies. Oops? To be fair, I already read two of those ARCs.

Fun fact: With these two, I have now officially bought four mythology books from three different mythologies this year. (+ An e-novella based on a Native American legend.)

VIDEOGAME UPDATE

Towards the end of the month, I bought both Rise of the Tomb Raider and Assassin’s Creed: Rogue on sale, with pretty awesome discounts. I’ve been replaying Tomb Raider to freshen up my knowledge of the story and get a few more achievements before actually playing the sequel. I am also planning to finally play the AC games in order, but the first one is just… so boring. And yet I don’t want to just skip it? I don’t know, man.

I also finally gave Fallout: New Vegas another chance, and actually got far enough to recruit Arcade this time. He’s great, 10/10, would recommend. I’m planning to finish that game and Fallout 3 eventually (I’ve finished Fallout 3 before, but not the DLCs), but I’m distracted by Tomb Raider at the moment. Too many games to play, honestly.

Aaand then I got addicted to Stardew Valley. I’ve owned this game for years, but never really got into it before recently, because I never knew what to do? Thankfully, with some helpful tips from a friend, I am doing quite well right now and on my way to romancing Sebastian. Probably.

~ Alexa

Wrap-up

September Wrap-Up + State of the ARC

Look at me! I actually survived my first month of my Masters at university! (Note: this post is queued, so I might not, in fact, still be alive by the time it appears on the blog.)

๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย = book has a LGBTQAI+ main character [3]
๐Ÿฆ„ย = ARC or review copy [6]
๐Ÿ“šย = books that qualify for theย backlist challengeย weโ€™re doing with Avery [1 – which means I failed badly]
๐ŸŒย =ย Around the World in 52 Booksย on Goodreads [0]
๐ŸŒทย =ย Lesbian Book Bingoย by Jae [1]
๐Ÿฌย =ย Candybook Landย by Elaine Howlin [1]
๐Ÿ“™ย = Sequel September by Books and Munches [1]

As always,ย Iโ€™m linking up with Avalinahโ€™s State of the ARC meme:

State of the ARCย is a monthly meme at Avalinahโ€™s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCsย (Advanced or Early Reader Copies).

State of the ARC has a Goodreads groups ARCs Anonymous.ย Join itย here.

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I mostly read ARCs this month (6 of them, specifically), and I didn’t request any new ones. I also managed to finish the bingo, so I can just sit back until December! Or maybe try to double them? Although I’m not sure I’d have a second book for some of these, like the new to you genre.

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I only have 7 NetGalley ARCs left, but half of those aren’t due until November or later. And only 1 author ARC that I’ve been sitting on for four months because I’m horrible.

The truth is that I also currently have 9 books saved to my computer that I received for review through the Lesbrary, but I don’t really count those here because they are sent to every reviewer and I don’t feel the pressure to personally review them. It’s just nice to have a list and pick something out of it sometimes. (Soft on Soft and Spark & Change were both received through the Lesbrary.)

Here’s all the books I read this month:

  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฆ„ย ย Soft on Soft by Em Ali: 142 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿฌย A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole: 384 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿฆ„ย Ghost Boy by Betty Stafford: 152 pages. 2๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿฆ„ย Drinking From The Trough by Mary Carlson: 288 pages. 3๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฆ„๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ“™ย ย The Navigator’s Touch by Julia Ember: 256 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿฆ„ย I Do Not Trust You by Laura J. Burns: 320 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฆ„ย ย Spark & Change by Kellum Jeffries: ~40 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ

Favourite books this month:

  • Soft on Soft
  • A Princess in Theory
  • The Navigator’s Touch

Reviews on the blog this month:

Book tags:

Challenges:

Miscellaneous:

Structured TBR scores:

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Out of the 24 books on this list, I have read 6, abandoned 2, and still currently reading 3. I’d say that’s pretty good for my first month with a structured TBR.

How did your September go reading-wise?

Wrap-up

July 2018 Wrap-Up + State of the ARC! + Summer TBR Wipeout

Another summer month is over. This is almost my last month of freedom before I go back to uni + work and most likely will have much less time to read, so I’m trying to make the best of July and August to reduce my TBR while I can.

I did several reading challenges this month, including a graphic novel readathon. Since graphic novels are usually shorter and have more pictures than text, they are much quicker reads – and that’s how I ended up with over 30 books read in the first half of the month only.

๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย = book has a LGBTQAI+ main character (30)
๐Ÿ“šย = books that qualify for the backlist challenge we’re doing with Avery (11 – goal: 3, completed)
๐ŸŒย = Around the World in 52 Booksย on Goodreads (4)
๐Ÿ‘ญย = Sapphic Book Club monthly read (0 – DNF, so technically failed)
๐Ÿฌย = Candybook Landย by Elaine Howlin (5)
โ˜„๏ธย = Sci-Fi July by Kathy (13 – personal goal: 10, completed)
๐Ÿ’ฅย = Graphic Novel Readathon for Books and Tea Club (38 – personal goal: completed)
๐Ÿฆ‰ย = OWL Exams Readathon by Book Roast (12 – personal goal: 12, completed)

As always, I’m linking up with Avalinah’s State of the ARC meme:

State of the ARC is a monthly meme at Avalinahโ€™s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCsย (Advanced or Early Reader Copies).

State of the ARC has a Goodreads groups ARCs Anonymous.ย Join itย here.

And this time, due to the timing I am also linking up with The Candid Cover’s Summer TBR Wipeout instead of making a separate update post.

NetGalley

  • ๐Ÿ’ฅย Skin & Earth by Lights: 200 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Once Upon a Rainbow, Volume Three by multiple authors. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Cold Like Snow by Sita Bethel: 235 pages. 3๐ŸŒŸย (review to come)
  • DNF: Magic or Die by J.P. Jackson (at around 45%)

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Author

  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿฌโ˜„๏ธย Courage is the Price by Lynn E. O’Connacht: 144 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆโ˜„๏ธย Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth: 364 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ

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Wait, what’s that?! I actually read some author ARCs?? And one for Edelweiss?! That basically never happens! But now I’m comfortably caught up on NetGalley, so I’ll try my best to read the author ones I still have left.

I put two new titles on my bingo chart, and I also listed a few upcoming ARCs I haven’t read that might fit the remaining squares. I hardly ever read nonfiction, but this bingo is for the rest of the year, so I’m sure I’ll find something on NetGalley before December.

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And now for the books that weren’t review copies:

Favourite books this month (more details in the list above):

  • Gale: a queer sci-fi retelling of The Tempest by Shakespeare
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue: historical fiction with a bisexual male lead, biracial male LI, and a sister who wants to be a doctor
  • Shattered Empire: all my favourite Star Wars characters in one graphic novel!
  • Gunnerkrigg Court series: fantasy graphic novel series in a very interesting school
  • A Duke by Default: a romance novel with a black protagonist and a grumpy older LI

Reviews on the blog this month:

Book tags:

Challenges:

Miscellaneous:

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Next month: NEWT exams! This is a reading challenge that has 12 x 3 prompts, which is 36 total, sooo… it’s not likely that I’ll complete every one of them? It would technically be possible with a lot of graphic novel as the above shows, but I kind of read most graphic novels I own this month and several of the NEWT challenges have length requirements.

I’m aiming for 5 x 3 as a minimum, and we’ll see if I can complete any more of that.

Wrap-up

State of the ARC #11 + June 2018 Wrap-Up

There was a lot going on in June. For one, it was Pride month, so I tried to read as many books with queer MCs as I could – which wasn’t very different from my regular reading, actually. I was also participating in the #Marvel-A-Thon challenge organised by Jamishelves, which is divided into three Phases and has a total of 21 prompts.

Below, I’m going to mark everything with a queer main character with a rainbow flag, and everything read for #Marvel-A-Thon with a lightning bolt. But first, let’s look at the state of my ARCs.

State of the ARC is a monthly meme at Avalinahโ€™s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCsย (Advanced or Early Reader Copies). You can track your reading progress and link up with your own post. Most commonly it comes out on the 30th of every month.

Rules of State of the ARC:

  • Mention that youโ€™re linking up with State of the ARC @ AvalinahsBooks, which is a fun way to share our ARC progress, challenges, wins, woes and mishaps.
  • Include the link toย this post, orย the currentย State of the ARCย post.
  • Donโ€™t forget to visit all the other people in the link-up and comment.
  • And most importantly โ€“ have fun!

State of the ARC has a Goodreads groups ARCs Anonymous.ย Join itย here.

NetGalley

  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Into the Mystic, Volume 3 by NineStar Press: 213 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (anthology of sapphic paranormal stories)
  • โšกย Free Chocolate by Amber Royer: 400 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (soap opera in space!)
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย The Art of Escaping by Erin Callahan: 320 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ(a teenage girl wants to be an escape artist)
  • โšกย The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts: 192 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (a sci-fi novella about artificial intelligence)
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Omen Operation by Taylor Brooke:ย  306 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (FOUR queer main characters)
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย You’re You by Mette Bach: 184 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (a contemporary about questioning your sexuality)
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara: 336 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (bisexual pirates!) (review to come in July)

Author

  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Baker Thief by Claudie Arseneault: 424 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Broad Knowledge edited by Joanne Merriam: 365 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • DNF: Sharp & Sugar Tooth

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(The lesson is that I’m still horrible with my author ARCs. I have three that I received back in MARCH! Yikes. I hope to finally read and review those in July.)

Avalinah also has a bingo chart that you can try to fill with your ARCs until the end of the year! I’ve already completed some of the chart just this month, but I still have a few to go, and some of these (nonfiction, for example) will be pretty difficult.

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With the ARCs out of the way, here’s a list of everything else I read this month:

  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Sugarplum,ย Ocean Deep, Wolf Blood & on the border by Darshana Suresh: 8, 29, 24 and 17 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (wonderful poetry collections)
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Goldie Vance Vol. 1 by Hope Larson: 112 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (graphic novel about a teenage detective)
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 1: Enlisted by Marguerite Bennett: 200 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (queer women punching Nazis!!)
  • Goldie Vance Vol. 2 by Hope Larson: 112 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan: 432 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (my beautiful genderfluid child is BACK)
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Coady and the Creepies by Liz Prince: 112 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (triplet girls are in a popular punk band, only one of them is a ghost)
  • Star Wars: Lando – Double or Nothing #1 by Rodney Barnes: 21 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • Skyward #1-#2 by Joe Henderson: 62 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson: 224 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Loki: Agent of Asgard Vol. 1: Trust Me by Al Ewing: 120 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • The Island by Peter Watts: 76 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Lumberjanes Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson: 128 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • โšกย Star Wars: Lando by Charles Soule: 112 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • โšกย Brave Chef Brianna by Sam Sykes: 112 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • Hotshot by Peter Watts: 23 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Blackout by Kit Mallory: 345 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann: 304 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย ย The Origins of Heartbreak by Cara Malone: 230 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • When Magic Sleeps by Tera Lynn Childs: 41 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • The End of the World is Better with Friends by M.G. Herron: 42 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • โšกย Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor: 349 pagesย ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

There weren’t many 5-star reads this month, but Akata Witch was great.

Non-review posts on the blog:

How did your June go? What was your favourite book this month?

~ Alexa

Wrap-up

State of the ARC #10 + May 2018 Wrap-Up

I managed to read a lot of books this month, and then towards the end of May I started reading short stories I downloaded forever ago because my “owned and unread” shelf has gotten completely out of hand. So, all in all, May was a pretty good month reading-wise.

May was also the month of my entrance exams, which went pretty well, so fingers crossed that I’ll be accepted back to university, starting next September. If that happens, I’ll definitely have less time to read, so I’ll just need to do my best to reduce my TBR until then. ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s start with looking at the ARCs I read.

State of the ARC is a monthly meme at Avalinahโ€™s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCsย (Advanced or Early Reader Copies). You can track your reading progress and link up with your own post. Most commonly it comes out on the 30th of every month.

Rules of State of the ARC:

  • Mention that youโ€™re linking up with State of the ARC @ AvalinahsBooks, which is a fun way to share our ARC progress, challenges, wins, woes and mishaps.
  • Include the link to this post, or the currentย State of the ARCย post.
  • Donโ€™t forget to visit all the other people in the link-up and comment.
  • And most importantly โ€“ have fun!

State of the ARC has a Goodreads groups ARCs Anonymous.ย Join itย here.

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I managed to read 11 ARCs this month! Ten of these were for NetGalley, and only one was an author ARC… which is sad, because I’m really behind on my author ARCs. In fact, I have three of them that I received in March, which is now three months ago. Oops?

That being said, I’m doing well with my NetGalley and Edelweiss ARCs – only one is overdue, three are due in June, and all the others are due in July, August, or even later. Plenty of time to read and review those ones.

So, my books read this month are:

  • Tone of Voice by Kaia Sรธnderby: 384 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (sequel to Failure to Communicate, sci-fi with #ownvoices autistic & bisexual protag)
  • A Graveyard Visible by Steve Conoboy: 312 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย – NetGalley ARC (horror with teenage protagonists)
  • The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill: 72 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (adorable fantasy graphic novel with f/f and m/m ships)
  • Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope: 384 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย – NetGalley ARC (m/f fantasy with black protagonist)
  • The Boy From Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis: 268 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย – NetGalley ARC (MG time travel book)
  • The Cage by A.M. Dellamonica: 32 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (f/f short story with werewolves)
  • All Systems Red by Martha Wells: 156 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (android protagonist)
  • Artificial Condition by Martha Wells: 160 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย – NetGalley ARC (android protagonist)
  • The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith: 320 pages๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย – NetGalley ARC (m/f YA contemporary, #ownvoices adopted MC)
  • Crimson Ash by Haley Sulich: 317 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย – NetGalley ARC (apocalyptic YA with m/f and f/f ships)
  • Spectacle Vol 1. by Megan Rose Gedris: 136 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย – NetGalley ARC (graphic novel about twins, paranormal)
  • The Princess Deception by Nell Stark: 290 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย – NetGalley ARC (f/f contemporary with royalty romance)
  • Periphery by J.W. Ferguson: unknown pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย – Author ARC (sci-fi with m/m and f/f main ships)
  • Certain Requirements by Elinor Zimmerman: 266 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย – NetGalley ARC (f/f contemporary adult BDSM erotica)
  • The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang: 544 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย – NetGalley ARC (adult fantasy)

And then, the end-of-the-month short story/comics reading spree:

  • The Power Plant by Charles W. Harvey: 25 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (mlm main, no ship)
  • Our Big Gay Affair by Randi Luxe: 26 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (m/m age gap)
  • The Christmas Curse by Ruby Moone: 25 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (m/m Christmas shifter romance)
  • Coffee Shops and Condoms by Eden Winters: 28 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (m/m teenage boys)
  • Ace of Squids by Elliot Cooper: 25 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (m/m Lovecraftian horror)
  • The Scrape of Tooth and Bone by Ada Hoffman: 25 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (f/f #ownvoices autistic, steampunk-ish)
  • Lucifer’s Fall by A.J. Flowers: 21 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (non-romance with angels, prequel)
  • Winter Wren by Miranda Honfleur: 34 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (m/f fantasy)
  • Chasing Christmas Past by Melanie Karsak: 30 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (m/f steampunk prequel)
  • A Night At The Mall by M. Hollis: 33 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (f/f contemporary)
  • Saint Brig by Ian Lewis: 37 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (m/m contemporary, homelessness)
  • Return from Exile by Ron C. Nieto: 36 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (prequel with fallen angels)
  • Back From The Edge by K.C. Wells: 36 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (m/m contemporary with older men, tw for abusive mother, cancer, suicide attempt)
  • Twist of the Magi by Carlen J. Werlinger: 38 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (f/f contemporary Christmas story)
  • Mech Cadet Yu #1 by Greg Park: 25 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (graphic novel, big robots bond with kids)
  • Fence #1 by C.S. Pacat: 24 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ(graphic novel, m/m sports romance, fencing)
  • Mega Princess #1 by Kelly Thompson: 28 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (MG fantasy graphic novel)
  • Misfit City #1 by Kirsten Smith: 25 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (graphic novel, all-girl cast, mystery)
  • Revelations by Ariel Tachna: 48 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (m/m/m polyamorous millitary romance, prequel)
  • Dodge City #1 by Josh Trujillo: 28 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (sports graphic novel)
  • Heavy Vinyl/Hi-Fi Fight Club #1 by Carly Usdin: 28 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (f/f contemporary graphic novel, girl fight club)
  • Not Alone by M.G. Herron: 39 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (sci-fi short story with aliens, male protagonist)
  • A Most Unusual Kidnapping by J.C. Long: 40 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (m/m sci-fi short story)

With these, I actually completed my Goodreads challenge of 100 books, so I increased it to 150 books.

Non-review posts on the blog:

Total number of books read in May: 38 (12 without any short stories or graphic novels)
Total number of pages read in May: 4,345

Books read for Around the Year in 52 books: 4 (35 total)
Books read for Lesbian Book Bingo: 2 (14 total)

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Current number of owned-and-unread books: 428

The problem is that I never mark the ARCs “owned and unread”, and I mostly read ARCs, which is why that number is only ever increasing… This is tough.

How was your May? Talk to me about it in the comments.

~ Alexa

Wrap-up

April 2018 Wrap-Up

Another month is over, so time for the wrap-up post! I read fewer books than last month, but that isn’t very surprising: my March stats were really an exception to the rule, and not the rule itself.

I already posted this month’s State of the ARC earlier – I was thinking of combining these two posts, but it would have been too long, so have them separately.

39887360April was also when we held Rainbow Week here in Szeged, the city where I live – a week with plenty of queer events around town, including a book release, a living library (an event where a “book” is a living, marginalised person who tells you about their life), a concert and others. I am lucky to live in a city with a relatively active LGBTQ+ organisation and events, because unfortunately these are still rare in Hungary. Now I just wish we had more events centering asexual and nonbinary people, but unfortunately there seems to be little interest or knowledge of these identities outside the capital.

Huh! After that short real-life detour, let’s get back to the books ๐Ÿ™‚ Page numbers are difficult sometimes when Goodreads doesn’t list them, because the app I use to read them doesn’t show it properly either…

Books read this month:

Non-review posts on the blog:

Bonus: Some cool articles and lists by other people I found this month that you should check out!

Total number of books read in April: 9
Total number of pages read in April: 1,663 (this number is super inaccurate because there are two books where I don’t know the page numbers, so my actual reading is a little above 2000 pages if I assume both were around ~240)

Books read for Around the Year in 52 Books challenge: 2 this month (31 total)
Books read for Lesbian Book Bingo: 1 this month (12 total)

Current number of “owned and unread” books: 396 (March: 380) — How does this number just keep reading?!

As you can see, I haven’t read as many books this month as I usually do (I read 15 and 14 in January and February), but I posted several book tags instead.

I hope you enjoyed the month of April, and if you’re here, please leave a comment telling me your favourite thing about spring! Or if you don’t like spring, then something about your favourite season ๐Ÿ˜‰ Mine is the scent of flowers everywhere when you walk outside.

~ Alexa

Readathon/Bingo · Wrap-up

#IndieAthon and March 2018 Wrap-up

This month was IndieAthon hosted by Lia, which was an amazing idea and which, frankly, made me read a scary amount of books. Sure, many of them were poetry collections or novellas, but wow. Trust me, I’m as astonished as you are. (In all honesty, I did little else but read this month – that’s the privilege of having no school, no work, and no social life for you.)

If you remember, I had a TBR for this challenge… which I ended up not really following. In fact, only 13ย of the 25 books I read for the challenge were in my original plan.

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Read for the IndieAthon bingo:

  • Villains Don’t Date Heroes! by Mia Archer: 309 pages (#IndieAthon square: First in a series)ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • Caroline’s Heart by Austin Chant: 96 pages (#IndieAthon square: Recommended to you)ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • But Not Up Here by RoAnna Sylver: 28 pages (#IndieAthon square: Genre you don’t read often)ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • Damsel to the Rescueย byย Kaia Sรธnderby: 337 pages (#IndieAthon square: <100 adds on Goodreads)ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • Testing Pandora byย Kaia Sรธnderby: 166 pages (#IndieAthon square: Person on cover)ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee: 296 pages (#IndieAthon square: POC MC)ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • nejma by Nayyirah Waheed: 180 pages (#IndieAthon square: 1-word title)ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner: 375 pages (#IndieAthon square: Your initials)ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • Stake Sauce, Arc 1 by RoAnna Sylver: 193 pages (#IndieAthon square: Mental health)ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • salt by Nayyirah Waheed: 259 pages (#IndieAthon square: 5+ years old)ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • Cheerleaders from Planet X by Lyssa Chiavari: 272 pages (#IndieAthon square: Cover love)ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • ARC: It’s Not a Date by Heather Blackmore: 273 pages (#IndieAthon square: New release)ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction edited by Bogi Takรกcs: 239 pages (#IndieAthon square: Free space)ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • Queerly Loving: Volume 1 edited by G. Benson and Astrid Ohletz: 154 pages (#IndieAthon square: LGBTQAI+)ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • ARC: Lost Boy, Found Boy by Jenn Polish: ~83 pagesย (#IndieAthon square: Never heard of)ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • The Traitor’s Tunnel by C.M. Spivey: 110 pages (#IndieAthon square: Backlist)ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • Ripped Pages by M. Hollis: 60 pages (#IndieAthon square: Retelling)ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • The White Renegade by Claudie Arseneault: 100 pages (#IndieAthon square: Red cover)ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • Major Arcana by RoAnna Sylver: 39 pages (#IndieAthon square: Magical)ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • Smoke Signals by Meredith Katz: 83 pages (#IndieAthon square: <200 pages)ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things by Martina McAtee: 510 pages (#IndieAthon square: >500 pages)ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • ARC: Flotsam by R.J. Theodore: 324 pages (#IndieAthon square: Free)ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • Heaven or This by Topaz Winters: 28 pages (#IndieAthon square: Reread)ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • Failure to Communicate by Kaia Sรธnderby: 320 pages (#IndieAthon square: #ownvoices)ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • Semicolon; by McKayla Debonis: 70 pages (#IndieAthon square: Poetry)ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Everything else read:

  • ARC: Queerly Loving: Volume 2 edited by G. Benson and Astrid Ohletz: 159 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • ARC: The Radical Element edited by Jessica Spotswood: 320 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • Seven Years Among Dragons by Lyssa Chiavari: 36 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • ARC: Dracula: Rise of the Beast edited by David Thomas Moore: 381 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni: 64 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

35671549Total number of books* read in March: 30 (February: 14)
Total number of pages* read in March: 5781 (February: 2654)

*including poetry collections, short stories, novellas and graphic novels.

Books read for Around the Year in 52 books: 12 this month (29 total)
Books read for Lesbian Book Bingo: 4 this month (11 total)

Current number of “owned-and-unread” books: 380 (February: 345)

(You can find all my reviews on my Goodreads page as well, including “reviews” that are only a few sentences and too short to be posted on this blog. Feel free to add me as a friend!)

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So… that’s everything I read! I included page numbers so you don’t think all of them were full-length novels (although I don’t have a proper page number for Lost Boy, Found Boy, so I gave an estimate and didn’t include it in the page total). Also, nejma and salt are both poetry collections, so take the page number with a grain of salt, since most of the pages only had a couple of lines or even just one word on them.

Still, I’d say this was a pretty impressive month, and most of it is thanks to IndieAthon and my determination to finish the damn bingo sheet.

Also… I read 30 books this month, and YET acquired 35 new books?! … I’ll never get rid of my TBR at this rate.

Lastly, let me recommend some indie books that I wanted to read this month but couldn’t fit into the schedule:

  • Empath by S. Usher Evans
  • Sea Foam and Silence by Lynn E. O’Connacht
  • City of Strife + City of Betrayal by Claudie Arseneault
  • Viral Airwaves by Claudie Arseneault
  • No More Heroes by Michelle Kan
  • Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth
  • Anything published by the Kraken Collective

Do you often read indie or self-published books? Did you read any this month? Tell me about them!

~ Alexa

Wrap-up

January 2018 Wrap-up

I posted my January wrap-up for the Around the Year in 52 Books challenge on the 29th of January, and then I had to edit it TWICE because I still finished like 3 books in the last three days. Which is why you guys are getting this post on the 1st of February.

(You may notice that several books from my January TBR are Not On This List, but I trust you’ll be polite and not mention it. Hey, I still read a lot! Just not exactly what I planned.)

In the end, I managed to read 16 books (including some short stories) in January, so I decided to be brave and changed my yearly challenge to 100 books! I also managed to fit 9 of these stories into the Around the Year in 52 Books challenge, so I have a nice headstart ๐Ÿ™‚

Instead of just listing those 16 books, have some highlights:

33623041My favourite book of the month was The Lifeline Signal, the sequel to Chameleon Moon – and this was also the month when I finally read Life Within Parole, a collection of short stories taking place in the same universe. If you follow me on Twitter or read some of my other posts here, you might already know that I adore every single story and character in this universe, and the Lifeline Signal did not disappoint. In fact, I loved it so much that I’m running a giveaway for it on my Twitter!

Unfortunately, I read some books this month that I really didn’t enjoy, but for the sake of being polite I’m not going to list them. Instead, let me recommend The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz, an absolutely wonderful 65-page story about an android who runs a 300-year-old tea shop, and a mechanic who just can’t stay in the same place for long. This is also an f/f romance with one of the women being ace!

This month, I also “read” my first audiobook in several years, Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds – a story about a teenage boy whose brother was murdered, all taking place in one minute. While I enjoyed the story itself, I unfortunately realised that I really don’t have the attention span for audiobooks for the same reason I can’t handle podcasts – without at least some kind of visual (and preferably written lyrics/subtitles) I just can’t concentrate. So I won’t be doing the audiobook thing again.

36658662Right now, I’m reading (and this sort of counts because I started it in January!) Time Will Tell, an f/f romance with time travel, that I’m really enjoying so far. The (right now) friendship between the two characters is supportive, beautiful and really refreshing to read.

While not book-related, another January thing that happened is that I made some progress in figuring out my gender identity, and while it’s still a little confusing, I decided to use e/em/eir pronouns in addition to she/her. So you can use either of those for me. โค

 

What were some of your favourite reads in January? What are you looking forward to reading in February?

~ Alexa